The Fiber Broadband Association believes that by reducing regulation, we can propel investment in all-fiber infrastructure. In the past, the Fiber Broadband Association has urged regulators to: not mandate unbundling of fiber facilities; not impose onerous open internet requirements on broadband providers; not require battery back up in all-fiber networks; and not regulate the prices for business data services provided over all-fiber facilities. In addition, the Fiber Broadband Association advocates for the removal of public and private barriers to investment, such as unreasonable fees for access to poles and rights of way and unreasonable franchise requirements.
Less than two months ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected challenges by the electric utility industry to the Federal Communications Commission's April 2011 order which had significantly revamped federal rules governing pole attachment access and rates. What are the key ramifications of the FCC's regulations and the Court's decision for pole owners and for attachers? What issues remain open in the wake of the Court's rulings, including matters pending before the FCC, both on reconsideration of its April 2011 order and in several pending complaint proceedings? What are some of the key developments regarding attachments at the state level in situations when FCC regulations and the Communications Act do not apply? This webinar will offer answers to those questions while considering pole attachment issues often faced by communications companies from a practical, solution-seeking perspective. Please come join this discussion.
Chip Yorkgitis, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Washington DC, has over 25 years' experience representing clients in the telecommunications and related sectors. He advises and represents clients in a number of areas, including network deployment and infrastructure, covering issues such as access to poles and antenna structures, access to and use of public rights-of-way, spectrum rights, and the offering of wholesale and retail communications services. His experience includes conducting business negotiations, advocating for new and changed regulations, assisting clients with regulatory compliance, and representing clients in adjudicatory proceedings, including agency enforcement, investigations, and litigation at the state and federal levels.